Looking back on what the Obama administration has learned in its approach to domestic policy, Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, pointed to a number of their proposals and strategies that she hopes the next administration will carry forward. One is to implement universal pre-K and free community college, as well as continuing the strategies of locally led, targeted community investment they have employed in the Promise Zone initiative and in other similar efforts for grassroots economic empowerment.
"We've made huge strides and have learned a lot in our educational system. And I would hope that if we don't see it in this presidency, that we will add early childhood education and free community college in the next one," Muñoz said Thursday at a National Journal Next America event discussing economic opportunity that was underwritten by Mastercard.
"We have made huge strides in how we conduct job training, and I think there's more work to do there. I would love to see the place-based policies that we've put in place and this change in how the federal government works with local communities to endure."
"These are not partisan ideas or proposals. They are actually areas where we've demonstrated bipartisanship. Leadership is coming from state and local leaders on both sides of the aisle."—Cecelia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
The pre-K program is one that Muñoz says has potential, especially because of its growing support among Republican governors. Free community college (and a mentor to support the college-application process) is now offered to all class of 2015 high school graduates in Tennessee, under the direction of Gov. Bill Haslam.
"These are not partisan ideas or proposals. They are actually areas where we've demonstrated bipartisanship," Muñoz said. "Leadership is coming from state and local leaders on both sides of the aisle."
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